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Trump, White House Edge Closer to Clash as Emission Talks Fail

  • White House to move ahead on new auto fuel economy standards
  • Car industry needs certainty, not litigation: Ford executive
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California officials responded with defiance to the Trump administration’s decision to cut off talks over future fuel economy standards for cars, the latest turn in an escalating series of policy clashes between Washington and Sacramento.

The White House on Thursday said the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation would proceed with or without California’s blessing to finalize new fuel economy and carbon emissions standards that the Trump administration has said should be weakened. The move sets up a likely court battle that some automakers warned could roil business plans heavily reliant on predictability.